Dr. Tyler Denmead is the University Lecturer of Arts and Creativity in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. He also serves as a Fellow and Director of Studies of Education at Queens’ College. In 2019, students at the University of Cambridge voted Denmead as the best lecturer in the university.
Denmead is the author of The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City, published by Duke University Press. His current research focuses on youth and informal arts education, as well as white divestment.
Denmead was the founding executive director of New Urban Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. Michelle Obama selected New Urban Arts as one of the best youth programs in the country in 2012. As the Director of New Urban Arts from 1997 to 2007, he was recognised for his leadership with several distinctions, including a United States Congressional Proclamation.
He has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Echoing Green Foundation, and the Society of Royce Fellows.
He holds a master’s degree and doctorate (education) from Cambridge and received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University.